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April 16th

Honey Island Swamp Band

Lafayette Square (5 p.m.)

Plus Bill Iuso and the Restless Natives 


The Goodnight Show with Luke Winslow-King

Café Istanbul (8 p.m.)

Plus Bruce Davenport Jr., Jacinta Gonzales, and more  


Noah Gundersen feat. Armon Jay

Gasa Gasa (8 p.m.)

Folk singer/songwriter and guitarist from Seattle performs after neo-folk artist Armon Jay   


Shotgun Cinema

Marigny Opera House (7 p.m.)

Film series presents Lithuanian psychosexual thriller, Vanishing Waves


Big Fat & Delicious CD Release

Siberia (10 p.m.)

New album “Eureka,” other acts include The No Shows and Zach Quinn   


Cliff and Sasha 

Allways Lounge (10:30 p.m.)

Progressive music duo 


Think You're Funny?

Carrollton Station (9 p.m.)

Stand-up comedy open mic in Riverbend


Walter Wolfman Washington

d.b.a. (10 p.m.)

Fiery blues on Frenchmen - every week


Major Bacon

Banks Street Bar (10 p.m.)

Blues rock and BLTs!


Hump Day SIN

Country Club (All Day)

Half-off admission to pool area for service industry members from 10 a.m. - 1 a.m.


Mississippi Rail Co.

Maple Leaf Bar (10p.m.)

Blues on Oak St.


Tin Men

dba (7p.m.)

Weekly Wed Gig- The world's premiere washboard-sousaphone-guitar trio.


Treme Brass Band

Candlelight Lounge (9p.m.)

Weekly Wed Gig- Pass on by and see the 6th Ward’s home band.



April 17th

Jazz in the Park

Armstrong Park (3 p.m.)

This year’s free concert series kicks off with Fifth Ward Weebie, the Landry-Walker Marching Band, and Glen David Andrews  


Umphrey's McGee

Civic Theatre (7 p.m.)

with Lionize


Tuba Skinny

Ogden Museum (5:30 p.m.)

After Hours with food from Miss Linda’s Soul Food Catering, drinks, and more. Admission is $10  


Concerts in the Courtyard

Historic New Orleans Collection (6 p.m.)

French Quarter happy hour, with cocktails and music! This week, featuring the New Orleans Nightingales


The Breton Sound

Gasa Gasa (9 p.m.)

with Pinkerton


Nathan and the Zydeco Cha Chas

Rock n Bowl (8:30 p.m.)

Zydeco Night!


Soul Rebels

Le Bon Temps Roule (11 p.m.)

Brass band jam on Magazine Street!

Today in New Orleans 2.09.14

Today, Champion Square is full of king cakes, live music, and family friendly activities for kids. Cat on a Hot Tin Roof is playing at Anthony Bean Community Theater, and Shotgun Cinema is screening Let the Fire Burn, a documentary about the only instance of an American Mayor bombing his own city. On this date in 1861, Jefferson Davis was elected president of the confederate states. Now, more to do this Sunday. 

Feds: Esplanade Ave. Mansion at Center of Film Tax Credit Scheme

Updated 3:55 p.m.

The feds indicted a pair of businessmen who were behind the transformation of an Esplanade Ave. mansion into a post-production facility for the local film industry. Michael Arata, of New Orleans, and Peter Hoffman, of Los Angeles, were each charged with defrauding the state's film tax credit program in a six-count indictment unsealed Friday.

Today in New Orleans 2.06.14

A quartet of jazz legends is coming together tonight at the Civic Theatre. At House of Blues, Kermit Ruffins and Dr. John are performing for a benefit to help one of the venue’s sound engineers with steep medical expenses. Macbeth is running in the Marigny, and local food writer Michael Murphy is signing copies of his culinary guidebook Eat Dat on Octavia Street. On this day in 1682, LaSalle began his trek down the Mississippi River. Now, more to do this Thursday. 

Today in New Orleans 1.27.14

Tonight, Broadway star Sutton Foster is performing as a part of NOCCA’s Broadway @ NOCCA series. Post-punk quartet The Hounds Below are in Lee Circle, and 12 O’Clock Boys, an award winning dirt bike documentary, is screening in Central City. Gospel legend Mahalia Jackson passed away on this date in 1972 at 60 years old. Jackson was buried at Providence Memorial Park in Metairie. Now, more to do this Monday. 

Pitt, Booker to Grace Screen at New Orleans Film Festival

Hushpuppy will open the 2013 New Orleans Film Festival, while Booker will close things out. The October screening bonanza announced its bookends on Monday, with the red carpet rolling out for Steve McQueen's 12 Years a Slave on Oct. 10, and Lily Keber's Bayou Maharajah playing things out on Oct. 17.

48 Hour Film Project Ups Participants, Gangsters

Sixty-one teams, twenty-three genres, two days: The New Orleans 48 Hour Film Project, now in its seventh year, returns this Friday. Starting at 7 p.m. on Friday, all participating teams will have forty-eight hours to complete a short (four- to seven-minute) film. Participants are randomly assigned a genre (new this year are "gangster," "zombie," and "mistaken identity") and various elements (character, prop, a line of dialogue) to be included in the film.

Big Budget Production

State Film Tax Credits Spared Big Cut by Legislature

As state legislators debate a budget that would hack Louisiana’s spending on areas from health care to transportation, film industry folks were keeping their fingers crossed for a “no," until the bill changed. 

French Market Purse Snatcher Caught on Film

On Wednesday, we had a purse snatching in the Quarter, imagine that. But this time, it was all caught on film. NOPD PIO's turned DP's and PA's have released some video. They were also considerate enough to offer the following backstory. (Video and backstory after the jump.)

Nix Flags

There's lots of art down here, and a ton of it deals with Katrina. Let's just say some pieces are better than others, but everyone's heart is the right place. Then, there is Teddy Smith! This guy delivers! We stumbled upon this gem whereby Smith films the abandoned Six Flags. Aside from being real cool as all abandoned amusement parks are (Asbury Park made Bruce's career,) and having some great post-k moments (the sign still says, "Closed for Storm,"), the piece is artistically stunning.

Watch for yourself!

The American Way

A NoDef Movie Review

After sitting through the The American, I get the feeling that I could have just watched a great movie and instead I sat through a pretty good movie.

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